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information on topics such as curriculum, assessment, rules, and professional
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The Division of Curriculum Standards
and Student Support science team provides direction and leadership to
Kindergarten (K) through grade 12 science educators in Texas. The science staff
does the following:
- Assists districts statewide with implementation of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for science
- Facilitates the development and management of
state-funded professional development programs
- Collaborates with the Division of Student Assessment in
the development of state science assessments
- Assists the Division of Instructional Materials in
overseeing the adoption process for
grades K-12 science instructional materials
- Reviews state certifications related to science
- In addition, the science staff coordinates the Texas
Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC), National Youth Science
Camp (NYSC), and the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching (PAEMST).
- Science staff also provides on-going communication with
the field related to science curriculum and graduation requirements found
in Texas Administrative Code (TAC).
The State Board of Education (SBOE)
gave final approval on April 21, 2017 to the streamlined science TEKS for K-8
science and four high school science courses. The streamlined TEKS are now
implemented. The link to the streamlined science TEKS can be found on http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter112/index.html.
Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)
The National Science Foundation,
under the direction of the White House, approves the Texas candidates as
finalists for the national Presidential Awards for Excellence in Math and
Science Teaching (PAEMST) award. If chosen as a national winner, the state
finalists will receive $10,000 and an all-expense-paid trip for two to
Washington D.C. for ceremonies that include recognition from the President of
the United States. For more information, please visit http://www.paemst.org.
In Texas, eligible teachers who submit a completed application by May 1, 2019,
will receive 25 CPE hours. For questions, contact your Texas State PAEMST
Coordinators at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science PAEMST 2016 Winner Announced
Denise Koontz, a teacher in the Keller Independent School District has been
selected as the national winner representing Texas for the Presidential Award
for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) in science. PAEMST
is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for
exemplary teaching in the United States.
As the PAEMST science awardee, Koontz will receive a $10,000 award, a
Presidential citation, and a trip to Washington, D.C. for a series of
recognition events, professional development activities and an awards ceremony.
additional information on the announcement of the award, please see the press
release at https://tea.texas.gov/WorkArea/linkit.aspx?LinkIdentifier=id&ItemID=51539625955.
PAEMST Finalists for 2018
- Allison Bearden teaches
6th grade science and math at Oakcrest Intermediate School in
- Celene Rosen teaches
3rd grade science and math at Barksdale Elementary School in
- Brenda Williams teaches
5th grade science at Argyle Intermediate School in Argyle ISD
Youth Science Camp Delegates
Two outstanding science students were
selected to represent Texas as 2019 National Youth Science Camp Delegates.
Gabriela Gonzalez of Tom C. Clark High School in Northside Independent
School District in San Antonio, and Melanie Che of the Texas Academy of Math
and Science in Denton have been named as Texas delegates.
National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a residential science education program
that honors and challenges two graduating high school science students from
each state. At this camp scientists from across the nation present lectures and
hands-on science seminars and linger to interact informally with student
are challenged to explore new areas in the biological and physical sciences, art,
and music with resident staff members. Opportunities are provided for delegates
to present seminars covering their own areas of interest and research. A visit to Washington D.C. permits delegates
to visit some of the nation’s premier scientific, governmental, and cultural
Gabriela Gonzales and Melanie Chewill be flown to the National Youth
Science Camp to participate in this innovative educational program.
More information is available online at www.nysf.com
Statewide professional development
opportunities on science topics are available now at regional education service
centers (ESCs) and through the Texas Gateway.
Contact the science specialist at
your regional ESC for upcoming professional development opportunities.
Professional development opportunities are available through the statewide network of TEEAC Providers.
This network of universities, state agencies, museums, and nature centers helps ensure that teacher professional development offered by formal and non-formal providers is educationally sound and consistent with the TEKS.
The resources below address various
topics related to the science standards, awards, and organizations.
Science TEKS, Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 112,
Grades K-5 Science TEKS (PDF, 122KB)
6 Science TEKS (PDF, 26.76KB)
Texas Environmental Education Advisory Committee (TEEAC)
Texas Gateway (outside source)
Benchmarks for Science Literacy, American Association for
the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside
National Academy of Sciences (NAS) (outside source)
Youth Science Camp (outside source)
Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and
Science Teaching (PAEMST) (outside
Science for All Americans, American Association for the
Advancement of Science (AAAS) (outside
Professional Organizations (PDF, 18KB)
The following documents are provided
as a reference for science teachers.
Data and Research (PDF, 90KB)
Laboratory and Field Investigations – FAQ, August 2010 (PDF, 203KB)
Chemical Safety 2016 (PDF, 265KB)
Information and Resources (PDF,
Education Agency Safety Laws and Rules
Texas Education Agency Science Facilities Best Practices (PDF, 38MB)
Please note the Facilities Standards
can be found at http://tea.texas.gov/Finance_and_Grants/State_Funding/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/Facilities_Funding_and_Standards/.
Education Agency Texas Safety Standards